Watching “Lawrence of Arabia,” I heard Claude Rains say, “A man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth. But a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.”
Robert Bolt hit the nail on the head in that line.
In the pseudocracy that has evolved in the United States, Rains’s comment should be inscribed on at least one wall in every legislative, executive, and judicial building. It should be on a plaque in each room of each bureaucracy in the land.
Beware, politicos, of the half-lie. If you must lie, craft an elaborate deception that camouflages the truth in a manner from which the truth may be recovered. Do not concoct half-lies, for through repetition half-lies become mistaken for full truths.